Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service

Princess Cruises exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness service allows you to step off your cruise ship in Whittier onto your unique Princess rail service and arrive at your Princess wilderness lodge that same afternoon. Or, on southbound itineraries, leave the Denali area and enjoy a direct link to your awaiting cruise ship in Whittier. Because fewer transfers and less time waiting makes for a more relaxing and hassle-free trip.

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Denali Explorer & On Your Own Cruisetours

Denali Explorer cruisetours include up to four nights at Princess wilderness lodges at Denali.

 

Most tours include exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service and all include the Natural History Tour into Denali National Park. ( Optional Tundra Wilderness Tour Upgrade )

 

On Your Own options have no scheduled activities so you can customize how you want to spend your free time.  3 days on land from just $299 more than a 7-day cruise!* With no sightseeing activities included, you’ll have the flexibility to create your own adventure with optional land excursions.

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Off The Beaten Path Cruisetours

These cruisetours include key benefits of the Denali Explorer itineraries, plus visits to less-frequented regions like Copper River and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, and the Kenai Peninsula.

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Connoisseur Escorted Cruisetours

These deluxe escorted cruisetours represent the highest level of service with a tour director on land and most meals included. They include up to four nights at a combination of both Mt. McKinley and Denali Princess wilderness lodges, with enhanced sightseeing experiences, such as the longer Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park. Plus, there are options to visit the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park. 

 

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Alaska Cruises: Mileage Chart for Alaska

Everything You Need To Know About How Long It Takes To Get From Here To There.

From
To
Miles
Mode
Travel Time
Anchorage
Denali Princess Lodge
241
Car
Train
6 hours
8 hours
Anchorage
Copper River Princess Lodge
197
Motorcoach
6 hours
Anchorage
Alyeska
45
Motorcoach
1 hour
Anchorage
Fairbanks
358
Car
Train
8 hours
12 hours
Anchorage
Homer
260
Car
5 hours
Anchorage
Kenai Princess Lodge
110
Car
3 hours
Anchorage
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
132
Car
3 hours
Anchorage
Portage
47
Car
1 hour
Anchorage
Prudhoe Bay
851
626
Motorcoach
Air
See segments
1 hour 40 min
Anchorage
Whittier
70
Motorcoach
Scenic Cruise Train
1.5 hours
2.5 hours
Anchorage
Talkeetna
112
Car
Train
2.5 hours
3 hours
Anchorage
Valdez
304
Car
6 hours
Anchorage Downtown
Anchorage Airport
9
Motorcoach
30 minutes
Anchorage Airport
Captain Cook Hotel
Anchorage Hilton
Anchorage Marriott
Anchorage Sheraton
6
6
6
6
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
10-15 min.
10-15 min
10-15 min
10-15 min

Anchorage Airport

Anchorage Rail Station (The Anchorage Rail Depot)

10-15

Motorcoach/ Shuttle

20 minutes

Anchorage Rail Depot

Egan Hospitality Center

1

Motorcoach/ Shuttle

5 minutes

From
To
Miles
Mode
Travel Time
Coldfoot
Prudhoe Bay
239
Motorcoach
9 hours
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Anchorage
197
Motorcoach
4.5 hours
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Dawson
342
Motorcoach
10 hours
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge 
Denali Princess Lodge
248
Motorcoach
8 hours
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Fairbanks
263
Motorcoach
8 hours
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge
298
Motorcoach
7 hours
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Whittier
TBA
Motorcoach
TBA
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Valdez
105
Motorcoach
2.5 hours
From
To
Miles
Mode
Travel Time
Dawson
Fairbanks
384
Motorcoach
14 hours
Dawson
Tok
192
Motorcoach
4 hours
Dawson
Whitehorse
334
Motorcoach
10 hours

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Talkeetna

129

Car
Train

3.5 hours
5 hours

Fairbanks
Anchorage
358
Motorcoach
Air
8 hours
55 min
Fairbanks
Coldfoot
246
Motorcoach
10 hours
Fairbanks
Dawson
384
Motorcoach
14 hours
Fairbanks
Denali Princess Lodge
121
Motorcoach
Rail
3 hours
4 hours
Fairbanks
Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge
201
Motorcoach
Rail/Motorcoach
4 hours
5 hours
Fairbanks
Prudhoe Bay
261
489
Air
Motorcoach
57 min
10 hours
Fairbanks
Tok
205
Motorcoach
6 hours
Fairbanks Airport
Bear Lodge
Fairbanks Princess Lodge
Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Sophie Station Hotel
Wedgewood Resorts
4
1/2
1/2
2
4
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
10-15 min
10-15 min
10-15 min
10-15 min
10-15 min
Fairbanks Depot
 
Bear Lodge
Fairbanks Princess Lodge
Pike's Waterfront Lodge
Sophie Station Hotel
Wedgewood Resorts
4
3
3
2
6
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
10-15 min
10-15 min
10-15 min
10-15 min
10-15 min
From
To
Miles
Mode
Travel Time
Juneau Airport
Juneau Ferry Terminal
13
Motorcoach
15-20 min
Kantishna Roadhouse
Denali Princess Lodge
96
Motorcoach
1.5 hours
Kenai Princess
Anchorage
110
Motorcoach
3 hours
Kenai Princess
Whittier
55
Motorcoach
1.5 hours
Kenai Princess
Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge
242
Car/Motorcoach
5 hours
Kenai Princess
Kenai
55
Car
1 hour
From
To
Miles
Mode
Travel Time
Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge
Denali
106
Motorcoach
2 hours
Seattle downtown
Seattle Airport
12
Motorcoach
45 minutes
Seattle
Fairbanks
2,297
Air
5 hours
Whittier
Anchorage
70
Motorcoach
1.5 hours
Whittier
Kenai Princess Lodge
55
Motorcoach
1.5 hours
Whittier
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
200
Motorcoach
Train to Talkeetna/Motor-coach to Mt. McKinley *
5 - 5.5 hours
4 hours/1 hour
Whittier
Talkeetna
184
Motorcoach
4.5 hours
Whittier
Valdez

Catamaran
2 hours
From
To
Miles
Mode
Travel Time
Tok
Dawson
192
Motorcoach
4 hours
Tok
Fairbanks
205
Motorcoach
6 hours
Tok
Whitehorse
396
Motorcoach
10 hours
Tok
Valdez
251
Motorcoach
5 hours
Valdez
Copper River Lodge
100
Motorcoach
2.5 hours
Vancouver Airport
Canada Place Pier
Ballantyne Pier
12
13
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
45 min
45 min
Vancouver Airport
Delta Pinnacle
Fairmont Waterfront
Four Seasons
Pan Pacific
Sheraton Wall Center
Sutton Place
Westin Bayshore
Westin Grand
12
13
12
12
10
10
7.5
13
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
Motorcoach
40 min
40 min
40 min
40 min
35 min
35 min
20 min
40 min
Vancouver Piers
Canada Place (CP)
Ballantyne (B)
Delta Pinnacle
Fairmont Waterfront
Four Seasons
Pan Pacific
Sheraton Wall Center
Sutton Place
Westin Bayshore
Westin Grand
2 blocks 1
2
0
5
0.5
5
1
CP
1
2
3
1
6
1.5
6
2
B

Vancouver

Victoria

45

Ferry

1.5 hours

Vancouver

Whistler

80

Motorcoach

1.5 hours

Whitehorse
Dawson
334
Motorcoach
10 hours
Whitehorse
Skagway
109
Motorcoach/Rail
4 hours
Whitehorse
Tok
396
Motorcoach
10 hours

Alaska Flights

Anchorage

Fairbanks

Air

50 min

Anchorage

Juneau

Air

1 hour 35 min

Anchorage

Nome (with Kotzebue stopover)

Air

2 hours 20 min

Anchorage

Kotzebue

Air

1.5 hours

Anchorage

Seattle

Air

3 hours 15 min

Fairbanks

Prudhoe

Air

1 hour 25 min

Juneau

Glacier Bay

Air

25 min

Nome

Kotzebue

Air

45 min

* From Whittier-Mt. McKinley, passengers will take the rail from Whittier to Talkeetna, then transfer to a motorcoach from Talkeetna-Mt. McKinley.

Alaska Elevations

General Information

Last Updated 6/1/11

LOCATION FEET
Denali Princess Lodge 1,590
Denali Park Tour
Wildlife Search
Polychrome Pass
Sable Pass
Natural History Tour:
Savage River
3,799
3,900
1,097
2,800

2,657

Denali Train Depot 1,700
Visitor Center (Denali) 2,000
Brooks Range (Antigun Pass) (Between Prudhoe Bay & Coldfoot) 4,832
White Pass Summit (Between Skagway & Whitehorse) 2,865
Anchorage 150
Fairbanks 480
Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge 700-800

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Set on the state's southeastern coast, this glacier-rich territory is equally abundant in snowcaps, fjords and wildlife.

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Strategically located at Alaska’s legendary national parks, our wilderness lodges offer excellent accommodations, authentic Alaskan dining experiences, and the same warm, welcoming service that you’ve come to expect on every Princess Cruises vacation.

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Alaska Cruises: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Nestled in a prime location near the entrance to Denali National Park, this gorgeous lodge is the perfect starting point for your wilderness adventure.

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Alaska Cruises: Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

On a bluff overlooking the largest national park, this lodge has a wall of windows featuring dramatic views of Wrangell-St. Elias.

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Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

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North America's tallest mountain provides a stunning backdrop to the picture-perfect setting for this wilderness retreat just south of Denali National Park.

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